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Monday, 10 November 2008
Page: 10450


Mr Farmer asked the Minister for Youth, in writing, on 28 August 2008:

(1)   Does she seek to:

(a)   identify opportunities for better integration of policy and program settings across the Government; and

(b)   monitor the impact of these on young people; if so, has she established formal processes to achieve this; if so, what are they.

(2)   What formal processes have been implemented to ensure the Government’s investment in young people is evidence based, strategic, coherent and effective.

(3)   What other departments has she consulted with on youth policy development.


Ms Kate Ellis (Minister for Youth and Minister for Sport) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)  

(a)   Yes, I am seeking to identify opportunities for better integration of policy and program settings across the Government.

(b)   Yes, I am seeking to monitor the impact of these policies and programs on young people. We have established the Australian Government Office for Youth (the Office) as a dedicated unit within the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) that reports to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP and me. The Office has commenced work on scoping, negotiating and establishing formal processes to monitor the impact of Australian Government policies and programs on young people. 

(2)   To ensure the Government’s investment in young people is evidence-based, strategic, coherent and effective, the Office will identify areas and interventions the evidence indicates will deliver the greatest results.  Evidence and research will be sourced from various academic institutions and government agencies including, for example, the Australian Clearing House for Youth Studies, Australian Bureau of Statistics, and National Youth Affairs Research Scheme.

(3)   Formal processes to support the work that the Office will undertake across the whole of government on youth issues and policy development will be determined on a case by case basis. The Office has already worked and will continue to work closely with those agencies with the greatest involvement in youth affairs for example the Department of Health and Ageing, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.